What is Medi-Cal?

All children who qualify for AAP benefits are also eligible for health care services through the Medi-Cal program.

Not all doctors or medical providers accept Medi-Cal, but there are physicians and medical providers in every community that do accept Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal can also be used for out-patient mental health services or in-patient mental health services, if necessary.

Although it is not mandatory, adoptive parents may also choose to enroll the child in a Medi-Cal HMO. If they do so, it is important that adoptive parents choose a plan that can meet their child’s physical and mental health needs. The family can consult with their social worker or PAS social worker as to the advantages and disadvantages of Medical HMO enrollment. If the adoptive family has private medical insurance, the child is enrolled in the family’s insurance and Medi-Cal is billed as the secondary provider.

If the family moves out of state, they are advised to apply for Medicaid in their new community. TheAAP/Foster Care Hotline unit will provide the family with information regarding federal or non-federal eligibility and Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (ICAMA).


Problems or concerns with Medi-Cal can be addressed by calling the Foster Care Hotline at 1-(800) 697-4444.



Adoption Assistance

The Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) is a federal program of financial assistance for adoptive children that goes into effect after the Adoptive Placement Agreement is signed.


School District

This program provides mental health services to Special Education students who have significant mood/behavioral problems impacting their education performance and require clinical intervention in order to successful at school



All children who qualify for AAP benefits are also eligible for health care services through the Medi-Cal program.


Private Pay

Private pay is the primary funding source for a large majority of products and service associated with long-term care. Private pay refers to costs that are borne by the individual or his/her family. These services include a wide range of long term care products and services that are not covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal or insurance. Individuals without long term care insurance must pay for these services out-of-pocket.

Victim Witness

The Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) can help victims and family members of victims for crimes such as: domestic violence, child abuse, assault, sexual assault, molestation, homicide, robbery, drunk driving, vehicular manslaughter.